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Health is a very broad theme involving a wide range of actors spanning across almost all types of institutions, all contributing towards maintaining and improving health of the citizen. A surprisingly large number of services can potentially be improved or newly created by introducing space-based systems to applications like disease prevention, to early warning, diagnostics, and treatment.
Services, infrastructure and facilities provided by satellite communications, satellite navigation, earth observations, or human spaceflight can be utilized for new applications and solutions to health-related problems. "Combining different space-based systems and integrating them with terrestrial systems creates capabilities that are greater than the sum of their part", forms the cardinal rule of IAP. It enables and enhances a broad range of viable services that are sustainable in the long term, providing benefits to the individual and to society as a whole.

B-LiFE

Status date: 04 April 2017

The ESA IAP-ARTES 20 “Biological Light Fieldable Laboratory for Emergencies” (B-LiFE) Demonstration Project is the follow-on of the B-LiFE Feasibility Study and deals with a new service providing biological analytical capabilities with integrated space assets for emergency response during health crises and epidemics.

CyMonS

Status date: 20 February 2017

CyMonS offers spatial and high-frequency monitoring of inland surface waters, combined with a 1 to 5 days forecast for cyanobacteria scums. The service integrates hand held monitors (WISP-3), fixed position monitors (EcoWatch) and satellite-based water quality maps to provide data with a high spatial scale. The forecasting model (EWACS) allows timely warnings and actions by the Users.

STEAM

Status date: 09 January 2017

The objective of this study is to investigate the technical feasibility, financial/non-financial viability and sustainability of a future service aiming at measuring the amounts of sulphur oxides components rejected by vessels travelling inside the Emission Control Areas (ECAs) defined by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) (see figure below for the European area - ECA : dark blue).

aircheckr

Status date: 07 December 2016

aircheckr creates & opens up the best available air quality info at an astonishing detail and quality. aircheckr is real-time, location based and easy to interpret.

But really game changing is its potential to be integrated into other services like ventilation. This way, aircheckr can positively alter our daily decisions and actions in many domains, truly improving our health.

LymeMAP

Status date: 02 December 2016

Lyme Borreliosis (LB) is a rapidly growing health problem in the Highlands of Scotland.  This disease, carried by ticks, is difficult to prevent because there is little information available about the risk of disease, and how to reduce it.  LymeMAP integrates data from the Scottish National Lyme Borreliosis Testing Laboratory and local doctors’ surgeries with environmental data from Earth Observation satellites, to produce interactive risk maps providing information on ticks, LB and disease hot spots. For the first time in the Highlands, visitors and the local population will have access to accurate information enabling them to reduce their risk of tick bites and LB, whilst still enjoying the countryside.

Intelligent sensor and satellite network (ISSN)

Status date: 02 December 2016

The project is a feasibility study in order to establish whether there are sufficient market opportunities, and the technological maturity for developing a flexible and reliable intelligent sensor network where satellites are among the nodes in the network (ISSN). The initially targeted solution is to develop this as a basis for Oil Spill detection and monitoring. ISSN will also provide an infrastructure for other (third party) services and has a number of potential application areas in connection with Offshore Oil & Gas exploration and production, environmental surveillance in general, safety, search and rescue, transportation etc. 

SatCare

Status date: 22 November 2016

SatCare aims to demonstrate two systems of remote diagnostics using a broadband managed communication system to include satcom.  The SatCare activity will allow for video rich data to transmit scans to an hospital from a vehicle on the scene of the emergency and en-route to the hospital. Enabling a robust clinical decision support system for prehospital patients has an impact on the health outcomes for patients and can improve the productivity and efficiency of the ambulance service. Through the addition of satcom we can broaden the coverage of this service to include areas where terrestrial broadband communication (LTE) is unavailable or over-subscribed. 

KosmoMed

Status date: 22 November 2016

KosmoMed realized a solution for an integrated system of eHealth applications and services supporting the Health Institutions in order to have extensive access to healthiness data exchange and create a multidisciplinary platform to provide professional eHealthcare services.

 

AIR-Portal

Status date: 02 November 2016

The economic and technical feasibility of AIR-Portal, an air quality dashboard for European cities, was shown in this study. The consortium developed in a demand driven development the requirements of three major European cities into a working proof of concept. With this proof of concept the technical feasibility was proven, furthermore a business case was developed proving the economic feasibility.

SmartCARE

Status date: 01 November 2016

SmartCAREisan ICT platform of advanced e-health services where physicians and patients meet and manage daily activities, within a therapeutic process, in a collaborative way enabling an optimization of healthcare rehabilitation at home. SmartCARE IHC (Integrated Home Care) services will assure a constant verification of the therapeutic process without requiring the on-site presence of medical staff.

VECMAP

Status date: 08 June 2016

VGTropics

Status date: 22 April 2016

In many African countries, livestock farming is an important source of revenue that improves the quality of life and strengthens the development of the economy. Animal health not only has an impact on animal production and its economic consequences, but zoonoses may also have an important impact on public health.  Real time surveillance and prompt actions are paramount in diminishing the impact of epizootics on livestock. For this reason, early detection and shortening the time between detection, reporting and providing measures to contain an outbreak is crucial.

VGTropics is the result of the “Predict” feasibility study which was successfully concluded in 2012. 

SATLAS

Status date: 18 April 2016

SATLAS is an Idea Incubator, developed for and offered to innovators who want to “Start, Integrate and Test” their SatCom related concepts in an easy, light and quick way, taking benefit from the support, mentoring, services and tools made available from the SATLAS consortium (SES Techcom, SatADSL, Newtec).

T4MOD

Status date: 30 November 2015

T4MOD project aims at developing and validating a user-friendly Telemedicine system, through an interoperable IP overlay satellite network associated to an intelligent end-to-end communication service, capable to support different medical specialities. This solution, to be validated in a military environment, could be also extended for future exploitations in civilian field for organisations (for example national health systems) operating in underserved and/or geographically isolated areas, such as in case of natural disasters or humanitarian crises. The system can be instrumental to develop new medical protocols for a cooperative medical work of diagnosis and therapies. T4MOD involves as users the health Department of four Ministries of Defence: France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

UTRAQ Urban Traffic Management and Air Quality

Status date: 08 October 2015

The UTRAQ system is designed to help towns and cities manage air quality by employing traffic management strategies which consider how vehicle emissions will disperse given the current climatic conditions.

 UTRAQ models traffic flow across the road network in conjunction with an Air Quality model to compare different scenarios and provide traffic management guidance based on predicted changes to traffic flow and air quality. The system uses data feeds from local in-situ sensors, earth observation air quality measurements and satellite-derived vehicle location, speed and traffic density data.  

iVOICE

Status date: 17 September 2015

This study evaluates improvements to existing voice analysis technology. It is coupled with high fidelity communications signal and GNSS data, aiming to detect situations of mental strain and fatigue in operators. With the aim of offering a new technology – iVOICE, integrated VOIce analysis via satellite Communications Embedded in time and safety-critical environment. It also investigates the potential to develop services linked to high-risk and high-stress environments or dislocated domains, including heavy equipment operation, ground and air transportation for private and commercial use, as well as applications for future use in distributed health care for remotely living populations and peace-keeping communication and navigation services.

CyMonS FS

Status date: 02 February 2015

The consortium, led by surface water quality specialist BlueLeg Monitor (BLM) from Sneek, the Netherlands, has executed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) under the Integrated Application Promotion (IAP) program to develop services for the monitoring of blue green algae or cyanobacteria under the project acronym CyMonS: cyanobacteria monitoring services. 

 

eHSA, Study on Sustainability, Liability & Business Aspects

Status date: 29 January 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa, characterized by its extensive rural populations with little or no access to conventional healthcare, renders eHealth a potentially effective solution for the provision of healthcare. The goal of the eHealth for Sub-Saharan Africa (eHSA) programme is the development of pan-African eHealth services, enabled by satellite telecommunications, to expand healthcare access for rural African populations.

ISAES

Status date: 01 December 2014

The proposed project is to conduct a feasibility study focused mainly on interoperability aspects derived from to design, implement and operate a pan-African eHealth platform based on a satellite communications system.

Mercury

Status date: 21 October 2014

Project Mercury aims to establish and prove the commercial viability of a new satellite based communications service that will end the isolation of Mobile Breast Screening Units deployed across the UK as part of the National Health Services (NHS) breast cancer prevention and detection programme.

Amazon

Status date: 13 August 2014

The objective of this project is the development and validation of a tele-assistance service, using multiple space assets, for professional clinical users in remote locations using a compact device for vital-sign monitoring and remote diagnosis. It is based on a previous ESA-backed project, which resulted in the deployment of a telemedicine system for commercial aviation applications (TEMPUS)

PREDICT

Status date: 10 April 2014

The objective of the PREDICT (Prevent and Respond to Epidemics and Demonstrate Information and Communication Technologies) feasibility study was to define sustainable new services for animal health surveillance and early warning. The combination of Earth Observation and state-of-the-art Information and Communication Technology enables to improve early reporting and rapid response and contributes to limit the spread of epidemics.

ASSIST

Status date: 26 March 2013

Healthcare is facing increasing quality and resource challenges, which telemedicine services hope to solve. But will this make healthcare more efficient or safe? Can satellite communications add value to such services? A newly launched study - ASSIST - will aim to answer these and other questions.

eHSA Regulatory

Status date: 20 February 2013

Partnering with Africa to help strengthen health service delivery is a key driver of this project. The goal of the eHSA programme is to develop pan-African eHealth services enabled by satellite to benefit the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. These services focus on providing various types of eHealth services to benefit citizens and health workers.

VECMAP Feasibility Study

Status date: 30 July 2012

Hitchhiking on international trade and travel, foreign species that act as vectors of disease (e.g. mosquitoes, ticks) may establish themselves in new environments world-wide if conditions are favourable. VECMAP aims at assessing the feasibility of developing a tool and associated service for automated mosquito mapping and forecasting.

Gulliver

Status date: 03 July 2012

The GULLIVER feasibility study aims at assessing the added value of space assets in securing the delivery of pharmaceutical goods. For that purpose, Novacom Services has fostered the creation of a wide community of experienced users covering the end-to-end distribution chain.

eHSA Governance

Status date: 25 May 2012

The governance study is the first in a series of four horizontal studies performed in the eHSA programme.  The goal of the overall eHSA programme is to develop pan-African eHealth services, enabled by satellite, to benefit the sub-Saharan Africa region. The governance study will examine the basic conditions for implementing eHealth and telemedicine services in sub-Saharan Africa, whether imposed by the governments or by private parties.

TESHEALTH

Status date: 31 March 2012

The TESHEALTH project is dedicated to developing, implementing, qualifying and validating a telemedicine system promoting the use of satellite communications aimed at reducing the impacts of chronic diseases, improving life styles and empowering citizens to adopt a healthier behaviour.